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New Report Shows Alzheimer's Affects Many More Women Than Men

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Doctors told Pansy Greene four years ago she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

She was 69.

"I got lost when I was going to the store. And I couldn't find my way home, so I had to call Winston and have him come pick me up."

New figures from the Alzheimer's Association show a woman's risk for getting the disease is 1 in 6 compared to 1 in 11 for men.

Dr. Maria Carrillo with the Association says Women in their 60s are actually twice as likely over the course of their life to develop Alzheimer's disease as they are breast cancer.

Experts say more research is needed to figure out why women are disproportionately affected.

"Age is the greatest risk factor and women living longer is our primary reason right now for attribution of that difference," says Dr. Carrillo.

And more awareness is critical. The report finds about a quarter of people believe they are only at risk if it runs in their family.

Pansy takes medication and is doing all she can to keep her body and mind active

"I do my crossword puzzles, I read my scriptures everyday. We get out and walk and we do a lot of things, so I'm not letting anything keep me down."

"How could I not be hopeful and not positive when Pansy is as positive as she is," says Husband Winston."

Married 57 years the Greene's also attend meetings to offer support to other couples that want to hold on to their memories as long as they can.